North Bay unemployment mostly continues at low point in February

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See reports from previous months: nbbj.news/jobsdata

California’s unemployment rate last month was virtually unchanged from a year ago, according to state figures released Friday.

The joblessness rate was 4.2 percent in February, compared with 4.3 percent the previous February, according to estimates from the California Employment Development Department.

In the North Bay, three counties reported lower unemployment rates than the state’s rate: Marin County, 2.5 percent; Napa County, 3.4 percent; and Sonoma County, 3.1 percent. Solano County was barely higher, at 4.4 percent, while rates in Lake and Mendocino counties were significantly higher than the state, at 6.1 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

The U.S. unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 3.8 percent, and the nation’s employers added 20,000 nonfarm payroll jobs.

Marin County

The unemployment rate in Marin County in February was down from a revised 2.7 percent in January and unchanged from the year-ago estimate of 2.5 percent.

The county added jobs in government, educational and health services, leisure and hospitality; and in the retail-led trade, transportation and utilities industry. Fewer jobs were available in professional and business services, as well as in the financial sector.

Napa County

The unemployment rate in Napa County in February decreased from a revised 4.0 percent in January and was unchanged from the year-ago estimate of 3.4 percent.

Jobs in the county were added chiefly in leisure and hospitality, government, professional and business services, and trade, transportation and utilities. While other industries remained flat, there was no decline in available jobs.

Solano County

The unemployment rate in Solano County in February decreased from a revised 4.7 percent in January and was unchanged from the year-ago estimate of 4.4 percent.

The county added jobs in government, mining, logging and construction; educational and health services. There was a decline in opportunities in trade, transportation and utilities; as well as leisure and hospitality.

Sonoma County

The unemployment rate in Sonoma County in February decreased from a revised 3.3 percent in January but was above the year-ago estimate of 3.0 percent.

The county added jobs in the mining, logging and construction industry, as well as in financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government. Fewer jobs were available in trade, transportation and utilities; professional and business services; and educational and health services.

Mendocino County

The unemployment rate in Mendocino County in February decreased from 5.2 percent in January.

The county added jobs in construction, manufacturing, information services, and leisure and hospitality. There was a decline in available jobs in professional and business services, financial activities and government.

Lake County

Lake County's unemployment rate decreased from 6.6 percent in January.

The county added jobs in manufacturing, federal government, and transportation, warehousing and utilities. Fewer jobs were available in wholesale trade, and state and local government.

See reports from previous months: nbbj.news/jobsdata

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